The Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School for singers, organists and choir directors will take place in all the main churches in Armagh, Northern Ireland, from 20th - 27th August 2017. David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers, will direct the Charles Wood Singers, the forty-strong festival choir, assisted by Philip Scriven and Judith Gannon. Ian Keatley, Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, will direct the new Charles Wood Girls' Choir, assisted by Stephen Disley, who is the Girls' Choir organist. Internationally famous specialist voice coach, Paul Farrington, will conduct workshops and give individual tuition.


Our association with the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition will continue in 2017. This year, young organists will have an opportunity to compete for awards totalling over £2000 on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd August with the bonus of prestigious recital appearances for the winner of the Senior category. Thomas Trotter, Birmingham City Organist, will chair the jury, along with Dr David Hill and Malcolm Proud.


"The Charles Wood Summer School is a week in my diary to which I look forward. It combines marvellous music in worship, concerts and masterclasses alongside the architectural magnificence of Armagh's two Cathedrals. At the centre of it all lies a man and his music, Charles Wood, whose music continues to inspire Church musicians the world over. Most of all, the week provides an opportunity for singers, congregations and audiences to share the glories of church music. At a time when the world faces so many difficult challenges, music and worship nourishes the soul in a way nothing else can compare".           David Hill - Artistic Director